National Certificate Journalism


  • Full Time
  • One Year


This qualification has been developed for learners who work or intend to work as junior journalists and who seek recognition for essential competence. Recipients of this qualification are able to write a variety of journalism texts and report at entry level. The qualification is designed to be flexible and accessible to all in journalism and wishing to enter journalism as an undergraduate study or equivalent. It allows learners to write and report in accordance with the requirements of a specific media news enterprise. The core competencies lay the foundation for a person to develop a career in sub-editing, writing and/or reporting.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12, or
  • An NQF level 4, or
  • NCV Level 4

Career Fields

Newspaper Reporter
Public Relations Officer
Brand Coordinator
Certification & Examination Authority

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive a certification from the Media, Information and Communication Technologies (MICT SETA).

Study Materials

A prescribed textbook list is available from the Academic Department at the campus


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Programme Outline
  • Communicating Effectively with Interviews
  • Working in a Team
  • Research in a Variety of Topics
  • Reporting Ethically and Professionally
  • Producing Final Form Output
  • Meeting Production Deadlines
  • Evaluating Journalistic Conduct
  • Report within Specific Community Contexts
Student Support
  • Job readiness skills
  • CV writing, interview training and workshops
  • Campus Counsellor
  • Work-integrated learning, internships and post-graduate employment
Centre for Student Relations (CSR)

The Centre provides a free online service to students who require additional academic and personal support.

Further Studies

The qualification builds on other certificates, diplomas and degrees at NQF Level 5 and 6, from a range of sub-sectors and provides articulation with a range of qualifications in communications, media studies and journalism, such as:

  • First degree in Journalism, at NQF Level 6
  • First degree in Design, at NQF Level 6
  • National Diploma in Translation, at NQF Level 5
  • National Certificate in Television Operations, at NQF Level 5
  • National Certificate in Radio Production, at NQF Level 5

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